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A quick and casual card game of combat on the high seas for 3 - 8 players.

[Note for video: Prototype components used in the tutorial video do not represent the final product; printed tokens and high quality playing cards will be included in the actual game.]

Scalawag!

box mockup
box mockup

Cannon smoke drifts heavily across your bow, obscuring your view of the battle strewn across the seascape. Several ships are locked in a fight for naval supremacy. Sailors climb the rigging as you command your pilot to steer windward, taking the weather gage on the closest ship—gaining superior position. As your gunners open fire with cannon, you call out to your marines to prepare for boarding!

Scalawag! is a casual-friendly card game for 3-8 players with a play time of 15 - 40 minutes (approx. 5 minutes per player).

Each player is the captain of their own warship, with the goal of eliminating all other players (or teams during Allegiance Play).

Game play consists of a player issuing one Captain’s Order each turn, generally allowing them to either gather additional Compass Points (the game currency) or spend Compass Points to attack their opponents.

Players support their Captain’s Orders by declaring Crew. As a player’s Crew Cards are kept hidden from others and bluffing is allowed, knowing when to bluff and when to call a bluff (by calling out Scalawag!) is an important element to successful play.

[Click here for complete rules]

Limited Edition

The version of Scalawag! being offered as a reward is a limited edition, with a print run determined by the number of backers from this Kickstarter campaign. It will only be available to backers and directly from Troubadour Games at game conventions while the supplies last. Once the supplies are gone, this version will not be reprinted.

Limited Edition Bonus Crew Cards

Included only in the limited edition are two bonus Crew Cards: Rogue Wave and Black Spot.

Bonus Crew: Rogue Wave and Black Spot
Bonus Crew: Rogue Wave and Black Spot

Bonus Crew Cards are played prior to issuing a Captain’s Order and are immediately replaced with a new card from Port.

Rogue Wave forces its target to skip their next turn, while Black Spot reduces the cost of all attacks against its target.

Contents

48 Cards

  • 30 Crew Cards (6 Sailor, 6 Gunner, 6 Marine, 4 Pilot, 4 Mutineer, 4 Lookout) 
  • 2 Bonus Crew Cards (Rogue Wave, Black Spot)  Unique to the Limited Edition 
  • 8 Allegiance Cards (2 English, 2 French, 2 Spanish, 2 Pirate) 
  • 8 Ship Flag Cards (Crown, Eagle, Griffon, Lion, Snake, Unicorn, Crossed Keys, Crossed Swords)

120 Tokens

  • 80 Compass Point Tokens 
  • 40 Ship Damage Tokens

8 Ship Mats (Crown, Eagle, Griffon, Lion, Snake, Unicorn, Crossed Keys, Crossed Swords)

1 Fog of War Die

1 Rulebook

1 Bonus Crew Rules Sheet

2 Plastic Bags 

Expected MSRP - $30 

Crown Ship Mat
Crown Ship Mat

Pledge Levels

All pledge levels that include original art receive the actual scratchboards that artist Jeffrey Thompson created for the game. The Crew Card boards are each 5”x7” while the Ship Mat board is 8”x10”.

SHIPPING: Shipping is included in all pledge levels. Please note which pledge levels are available for US, Canadian, or Global backers.

NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: New single game reward pledge levels have been made available! Any taxes or tariffs are the responsibility of the backer.

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SCALAWAG LEVEL - Pledge $20 or more  

1 limited edition copy of Scalawag! ($30 MSRP). US backers only.

CANADIAN SCALAWAG LEVEL - Pledge $35 or more (new)

1 limited edition copy of Scalawag! Canadian backers only.

GLOBAL SCALAWAG LEVEL - Pledge $45 or more (new)

1 limited edition copy of Scalawag! Global (outside US and Canada) only.

PRESS GANG LEVEL - Pledge $50 or more

3 limited edition copies of Scalawag! Bring some friends along for a better price per game. US backers only.

CANADIAN PRESS GANG LEVEL - Pledge $75 or more (reduced)

3 limited edition copies of Scalawag! Bring some friends along for a better price per game and share the shipping costs. Canadian backers only.

GLOBAL PRESS GANG LEVEL - Pledge $95 or more (reduced)

3 limited edition copies of Scalawag! Bring some friends along for a better price per game and share the shipping costs. Global (outside US and Canada) backers only.

SAILOR LEVEL - Pledge $300 or more (1)

1 signed limited edition copy of Scalawag + the original art for the Sailor Crew Card. US backers only.

Sailor scratchboard
Sailor scratchboard

GUNNER LEVEL - Pledge $300 or more (1)

1 signed limited edition copy of Scalawag + the original art for the Gunner Crew Card. US backers only.

Gunner scratchboard
Gunner scratchboard

MARINE LEVEL - Pledge $300 or more (1)

1 signed limited edition copy of Scalawag + the original art for the Marine Crew Card. US backers only.

Marine scratchboard
Marine scratchboard

PILOT LEVEL - Pledge $300 or more (1)

1 signed limited edition copy of Scalawag + the original art for the Pilot Crew Card. US backers only.

Pilot scratchboard
Pilot scratchboard

MUTINEER LEVEL - Pledge $300 or more (1)

1 signed limited edition copy of Scalawag + the original art for the Mutineer Crew Card. Domestic US backers only.

Mutineer scratchboard
Mutineer scratchboard

LOOKOUT LEVEL - Pledge $300 or more (1)

1 signed limited edition copy of Scalawag + the original art for the Lookout Crew Card. US backers only.

Lookout scratchboard
Lookout scratchboard

BOSUN LEVEL - Pledge $300 or more (1)

1 signed limited edition copy of Scalawag + the original art for the Bosun Crew Card Back. US backers only.

Bosun scratchboard
Bosun scratchboard

ROGUE WAVE LEVEL - Pledge $300 or more (1)

1 signed limited edition copy of Scalawag + the original art for the Rogue Wave Crew Card. US backers only.

Rogue Wave scratchboard
Rogue Wave scratchboard

BLACK SPOT LEVEL - Pledge $300 or more (1)

1 signed limited edition copy of Scalawag + the original art for the Black Spot Crew Card. US backers only.

Black Spot scratchboard
Black Spot scratchboard

CAPTAIN LEVEL - Pledge $500 or more (1)

1 signed limited edition copy of Scalawag! + the original art for the Ship Mat. US backers only.

Ship Mat scratchboard
Ship Mat scratchboard

Stretch Goals

As the number of backers reaches certain thresholds a larger print run becomes possible, reducing the production cost of each individual game. This savings will be used to offset the increased cost of using higher quality components.

$25K or 200 Scalawag facebook page likes– ACHIEVED!

Improve card stock quality for all copies of Scalawag! (300gsm grey-core improved to 330gsm black-core)

Why Kickstarter?

As a new company, it was very difficult to predict the customer base for Scalawag! The fixed costs of art and graphic design were budgeted and paid for, but the variable costs based on the print run size, shipping, and the possibility of warehousing a large quantity of the game prior to sale was too great a risk to the ongoing success of the company.

By using Kickstarter, the print run for the limited edition can be tailored to the number of backers and the associated printing, shipping, and fulfillment costs largely covered by the pledge donations.

The printing of the limited edition with Kickstarter also allows Scalawag! to gain more visibility within the hobby industry, potentially earning interest for future print runs of a standard edition with greater distribution.

About Troubadour Games

Troubadour Games was founded in 2012 to create and publish games for the hobby industry. Though Scalawag! is its first title, the owner of the company is a veteran of the video game industry with over sixteen years of game design and production experience.

Steve Nix – Owner, Designer

Steve Nix has been a lifelong hobby game enthusiast and a professional video game designer since his start at Electronic Arts in 1996. Over his career, he has designed games of nearly every genre for the PC, console, mobile, and web browser platforms.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Troubadour Games is working with Panda Game Manufacturing, an established company known for delivering quality games (many starting as Kickstarter projects). The art and graphic design for Scalawag! are 100% complete, the print files ready to be delivered once the size of the print run is established with this campaign.

Estimates for manufacturing are 12-16 weeks with 4 weeks for shipping from China. Amazon Fulfillment will be receiving the majority of the product for delivery within the US.

Unforeseen manufacturing and shipping delays are possible, but all production risks are being kept to a minimum by selecting these companies for their experience.

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